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TRADITIONAL DECORATED CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Category:    Cookies, Desserts
Yield:48 servings
 
    3/4 c  Butter, unsalted; softened          1 ts Vanilla
    1/2 c  Sugar                             1/4 ts Salt
      1 ea Egg                             2 1/4 c  Flour; unsifted
      1 tb Lemon peel; finely grated           1 tb Water; (use 2 if req'd)

-----------------------------------ICING-----------------------------------
      3 ea Egg whites                          2 ts Water; (use 3 if req'd)
      1 lb Powdered sugar                      1 x  Food colors, sprinkles, etc
 
  Beat together butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until
  light and fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat
  in flour until thouroughly incorporated. Add water, a few drops at a time,
  only until dough starts to come away from side of bowl. Wrap dough in
  plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350
  deg. Lightly grease 4 cookie sheets..
  On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut out
  var-ious shapes using cookie cutters or homemade cardboard patterns, or
  free- hand. Reroll scraps and cut out. Make small holes with wooden pick if
  planning to hang cookies..
  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until beginning to brown around edges.
  Removecookies to wire rack to cool before decorating..
  Prepare icing: Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until
  foamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat untion thick and
  creamy. Add just enough water to get a good spreading consistency. Tint
  with food coloring, if you wish. Spread evenly over cookies..
  Decorate with glitter, sprinkles, dragees and cinnamon red hots, if
  desired.
 

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